Charges filed against FFRF banner vandal Joe McDonald


Using the Pennsylvania’s Department of Justice website, I have gained access to publicly available records pertaining to the charges filed against Joseph McDonald – the admitted vandal of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s holiday freethought banner which was placed on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. [For more backgound on the FFRF banner, click here.]

Here are the records:

MDJCourtSummaryReport

MDJReport

Charges were filed on January 2, 2013 according to the Department of Justice website. The case status is listed as active under magistrate Kane. Joe is being charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief (and apparently has previously been charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian).

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Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University's graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.